Grounds Worker (Multiple)

Job description

Montclair State is New Jersey's second largest university. It offers the advantages of a large university - a broad undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a wide variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level, and a diverse faculty and student body - combined with a small college's attention to students.

Posting Date March 13, 2018

Position Title Grounds Worker (Multiple)

Vacancy # VC-402

Department Facilities Services

Division University Facilities

Job Description


The Grounds Worker, under the direction of the Director of Grounds Services or their designee, shall perform tasks that result that result in horticulturally sound practices leading to first-rate care of the University's landscape. This position must be available to work all shifts, overtime and holidays.

  • Monitors all campus grounds to determine needs for services such as, but not limited to:fertilizing, insect and disease control, weeding, dead plant removal, watering, pruning, etc. Maintains assigned area and picks up litter and debris on an as needed basis.
  • Maintains lawns and softscapes to maintain a neat and horticultural appealing appearance. This includes the following services; mowing, trimming, edging.
  • Hand weeds all areas that are not otherwise addressed via mowing or string trimming.
  • Waters all new plant material and floral displays to help with establishment and survival.
  • Prunes trees and shrubs to maintain their health and aesthetic value as well as to maintain street, walkway, building, signage and lighting clearance.
  • Installs and maintains seasonal plantings using annual flowers, perennial flowers, ornamental grasses, bulbs, etc. Reports to supervisor the need for any services or any unsafe action and/or condition.
  • Is mindful of and places a premium upon all rules and regulations pertaining to operation of tools, machinery, etc.
  • Maintains and prepares athletic fields and adjacent areas for practices and events, including but not limited to: dragging, vacuuming, lining, clean-up, etc. Edges, cultivates, and mulches tree rings and shrub beds.
  • Removes leaves from lawns, walks, roads, parking lots, etc. on an as needed basis to maintain a clean and safe environment.
  • Inspects, cleans and maintains all equipment and tools used in the performance of tasks.
  • Prepares areas to be landscaped and installs landscape material as required. (Examples include soil, seed, sod, mulch, shrubs, trees, pavers, decorative stone, etc.)
  • Builds skill base by attending landscape training sessions as assigned.
  • Attends all safety training as identified by the leadership of the Grounds department.
  • Acquires knowledge of and utilizes technology as required to fulfill duties (Examples include handheld devices, pagers, two-way radios, etc.
  • Responds to emergencies in a timely and professional manner.
  • Treats customers and coworkers with respect.
  • Responds to and closes out all assigned work order requests in a timely fashion.
  • On a daily basis, provides supervisor with a log that indicates all activities completed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.

This position is designated as essential. The designation of essential requires employees at these 24/7 facilities to be present due to inclement weather situations.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • One year of experience in the performance of landscape maintenance work.
  • May be required to obtain a New Jersey Commercial Pesticide Applicators License with certifications in categories 3A and 3B.
  • Required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey.
  • Ability to read, write, speak, understand or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of the position

Salary Range
O10: $31,982.32 - $44,565.31 *NOTE: Salaries for internal candidates are determined by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission's formula. Salaries for external candidates are determined up to $36,176.65.

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Apply By 4/27/2018

Organizational Marketing Statement:

Building on a distinguished 105-year history, Montclair State University is proud to be a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. The university's six colleges and schools serve more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 300 majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs. Situated on a beautiful, 250-acre suburban campus just 14 miles from New York City, Montclair State combines the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a dynamic, sophisticated, and diverse academic environment.

EEO/AA Statement:

Montclair State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution with a strong commitment to diversity. Additional information can be found on the MSU website at






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Posted: 4/14/2018
Application Due: 5/1/2018
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